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Fat Cat Lager - The Fat Cat Beer Company

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61 Ratings

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 22.65%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fat Cat Beer Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 10-26-2003)
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -2.9%

06-24-2014 11:35:31 | More by dbrauneis
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2.25/5  rDev -27.2%

06-15-2014 15:40:49 | More by Hohnbaum
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -2.9%

06-07-2014 23:24:39 | More by michaelfcasey
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

10-29-2013 23:23:28 | More by itsscience
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Alberta (Canada)

1.84/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

355ml can, 5.2% ABV by the import label, from one of those shabby, dime-a-dozen liquor stores around town that scream out Minhas associations of some sort or another.

This beer pours a hazy, dark orangish apricot amber colour, with four rambunctious fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and even a bit creamy ecru head, which leaves a few random chunks of retarded sudsy cloud form lace around the glass as it rather quickly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy pale malt, a bit of that high fructose corn syrup weirdness, artificial flavoured orange and banana marshmallow peanuts, and a certain, almost damned-near trademarked by now, plastic acetone essence. The taste is more of the same pre-established shit - corny, pale-malt adjacent graininess, a blended fruitiness quite unlikely found in nature, and even more unpleasant industrial plastic factory effluence. Hops? Yer at the wrong party, amigo.

The carbonation is pretty stilted, just a weak hum throughout, after that initial pourgasm maybe, the body a pithy, clammy piece of work, and smooth like your last buddy-buddy car salesman. It finishes off-dry, I guess, but I stopped thinking about this as beer a few sentences or so ago.

It would seem that this brand has gone through at least 2 contract brewers, so that would put them in their terrible twos, which is an apt metaphor for Minhas (at least the Wisconsin set at the present time). Here's hoping that this marketing company comes to their senses the next time around, for their sake.

Serving type: can

10-26-2013 05:14:09 | More by biboergosum
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3.75/5  rDev +21.4%

10-01-2013 22:16:05 | More by Zach136
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1.5/5  rDev -51.5%

06-30-2013 01:09:32 | More by mrfrancis
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

06-04-2013 21:00:30 | More by e30todamax
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2/5  rDev -35.3%

05-17-2013 08:05:40 | More by beernads
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3.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fat Cat pours out a hazy burnt orange color with a head that retains very well. The aroma is deep and malty, with a touch of macro-esque twang that honestly doesn't work too bad. The taste offers a well-developed caramel malt, without much else to hang out. That said, it's tasty, but lacking in any depth whatsoever. The mouthfeel is light for sure, but has a little heft and smoothness to help the malts along. The drinkability is good. Overall, Fat Cat is a solid malty lager.

Serving type: can

05-09-2013 18:24:30 | More by shand
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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

04-29-2013 05:43:19 | More by JoeBlevins
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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

04-06-2013 20:58:18 | More by random846
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

03-29-2013 02:27:38 | More by Mervjahn
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4.91/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is by far the most refreshing tasty mouthful of deliciousness I have ever experienced in a session beer. I recommend that anyone who gets the chance to taste this beer, do it! It is amazing, with a malty toasted arome and slightly bitter crisp taste and a dry finish. I wish it was available in San Diego, although I hear it is coming soon.

Serving type: can

02-28-2013 22:01:55 | More by Fusionfingers
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

01-28-2013 01:39:54 | More by Slipperyphoton
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2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

01-08-2013 03:06:26 | More by iemailjack
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4/5  rDev +29.4%

12-15-2012 04:28:46 | More by bushwack
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2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

12-03-2012 20:18:04 | More by sendbeer
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4/5  rDev +29.4%

09-15-2012 14:42:49 | More by Berzerker39
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Yukon (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-29-2012 13:57:02 | More by jaminjohnson
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

08-19-2012 15:34:27 | More by Wudro
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2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark gold with a 2 finger head. A little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma of lager yeast mixed with metallic smell and lots of sweet malt.

Straight up malt sweetness in the taste, little to no hop presence. Buttery toffee and caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel is not bad, medium with good carbonation.

Way too sweet for me but light enough to make it drinkable on a hot day.

Serving type: can

07-29-2012 20:18:23 | More by busterwhite
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District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dollars to doughnuts, this is one of the best. As the can reads, "Malt, hops, water, bla bla bla, what more can I tell ya? It's jest plain ol' good beer!"

It's like good cheap diner food ...but in beer format. It doesn't really conform to any style per se, but say yes to the wiley pie-eyed cat. It far surpasses any of the American pißwassers and even some of the PBRs, Naty Bohs, Rolling Rocks, and Yuenglings for comparable or lesser price.

Serving type: can

05-12-2012 14:12:36 | More by gunterheidrich
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3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I picked up a 12 pack of it for novelty's sake, and well... Here I am.

It pours to a beautiful golden/orange amber. I noted that the color of the beer actually matches the orange the can upon my first pouring.

The carbonation is medium and creates a decent mouth feel.

Lacing is actually pretty close to perfect in the glass.

The smell is damn near perfect for what it is. If I were to try to explain to someone what beer smells like, I might give them a can of this. Sure, there are more complex smells out there, but this one is just beer... "that's what beer smells like"...

The taste is a contemporary lager. No real complexities. No subtle accents. It is what it is. It really reminds me of the first home brew lager I made when I was around 22. It's malty with a slight twinge of floral hops... The alcohol content is there without being overbearing.

No, I don't think it deserves an A, or even a B+, really. It's a good example. A benchmark. we can leave it at that.

For a moderately price novelty I saw on a shelf and kind of laughingly purchased, I was kind of surprised.

Serving type: can

12-12-2011 23:06:00 | More by Onslaught15
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

12-12-2011 21:23:07 | More by tbeq00
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Fat Cat Lager from The Fat Cat Beer Company
73 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.